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« Reply #280 on: July 15, 2008, 11:20:50 PM »
Ronaldinho from hero to zero at Nou Camp

MADRID (Reuters) - Two seasons ago Ronaldinho was the undisputed king of world football, enjoying a hero-like status at Barcelona having steered the club to back-to-back league titles and victory in the Champions League.

In 18 months, the Brazilian has suffered a fall from grace and is deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

A dilettante attitude to training, a serious loss of form, an apparent weight problem and the rise of a new generation of hungry youngsters account for the change in attitude towards a player who was one of the most prized possessions in the game.

When Ronaldinho joined Barcelona from Paris St Germain in 2003 after a much-publicised fall-out with their coach Luis Fernandez he was hailed as a saviour.

Joining a club trying to extricate itself from a crisis caused by four years of mismanagement, political in-fighting, and underachievement, he was greeted by 30,000 fans on the day of this presentation.

The burden of expectation was immense and yet he made light of the responsibility and restored the club's shattered morale.

The Brazilian's vision, passing skills and dazzling party tricks, coupled with his smiling, laid-back attitude to life and childlike enthusiasm were the perfect antidote to the gloom that had descended on the Nou Camp.

WORLD PLAYER

Although the team made an unsteady start during his first season, he eventually inspired them to a 17-match unbeaten run that lifted them to a second-place finish in the league, their best placing in four years.

The importance of that achievement was recognised when he was named World Player of the Year in 2004, an award that he retained 12 months later.

After a slow start to his second campaign he was soon back to his best and, together with leading scorer Samuel Eto'o, he guided Barca to their first league title in six years.

The Brazilian then directed the team to a successful defence of their league title and their second-ever European Cup triumph with victory over Arsenal in Paris in May 2006.

During that campaign he produced a sublime performance to lead Barca to a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Real at the Bernabeu, scoring two stunning solo goals in a display that even brought the normally partisan home crowd to their feet.

He scored a brilliant goal against Chelsea in the Champions League first knockout round, bursting past centre back John Terry before arrowing a shot past keeper Petr Cech and he set up the winning goal in their semi-final victory over AC Milan.

But Ronaldinho's career has been on the wane since.

He made no impact at the World Cup in 2006, looking stale and lethargic while Brazil limped out of the tournament after a defeat by France in the quarter-finals.

The following season Barca surrendered their league title to Real Madrid and, although he weighed in with 23 goals in all competitions, he was increasingly criticised for an apparent lack of commitment and a loss of form and fitness.

WEIGHT PROBLEM

He came under particularly heavy fire when photographs taken after one match showed him with a distinctly unathletic roll of fat hanging over the waistband of his shorts.

Ronaldinho asked to be rested from the 2007 Copa America so he missed Brazil's triumph but still failed to recover his form.

There were reports of a dressing room rift with striker Samuel Eto'o, while the emergence of Argentine prodigy Lionel Messi and new kids on the block Bojan Krkic and Giovani dos Santos meant the Brazilian no longer seemed indispensable.

Last season he spent several matches on the bench early on after failing to impress coach Frank Rijkaard with his form in training.

A failure to recover form in the second half of the season, combined with a series of unspecified injuries and reports of indiscipline only served to further tarnish his image.

Barcelona have won themselves a reputation for a Saturn-like habit of devouring their own sons; Maradona, Bernd Schuster, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo were all lauded as heroes but ended their careers at the Nou Camp unhappily.

Ronaldinho joined Barca as a toothy-grinned wizard who had the club under his spell for three glorious seasons. He will leave a rather forlorn figure. Whether his magic has been exhausted or he just needs a new challenge remains to be seen.

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« Reply #281 on: August 16, 2008, 07:07:35 PM »
Dang!, still two weeks before Jozy's La Liga debut.

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« Reply #282 on: August 26, 2008, 06:17:25 PM »
Dang!, still two weeks before Jozy's La Liga debut.

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Sun. 31      11:00 ET  Osasuna  v  Villarreal         Estadio Reyno de Navarra


We're getting there! Won't be long now. Go Jozy!!! :cheer:
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Re: LA LIGA !!!!
« Reply #283 on: August 27, 2008, 01:32:29 AM »
Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup(match played between last years League winners and the Cup winners) after being Valencia 6-5 over the 2 matches.
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« Reply #284 on: August 27, 2008, 02:10:24 AM »
Dang!, still two weeks before Jozy's La Liga debut.

Aug. '08     TIME        Home         Away             VENUE
Sun. 31      11:00 ET  Osasuna  v  Villarreal         Estadio Reyno de Navarra


We're getting there! Won't be long now. Go Jozy!!! :cheer:
great, I am going to buy the Bible of Spanish Football right now!  :)
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« Reply #285 on: August 27, 2008, 03:00:17 AM »
LA LIGA 1928-2009, 78 seasons ALL TIME TABLE (including 2008-2009)
(36-39 no competition, civil war )
Clubs / Seasons in Primera
(08-09 Primera Clubs in Capital Letters)

Professiona Levels:
Primera, 20 clubs
Segunda, 22 clubs
Segunda B, 80 clubs in 4 groups (regions)
Tercera, 364 Clubs in 18 groups (provinces)

ALL TIME TABLE!!!! 

club, seasons....
1 REAL MADRID 78 (31 ligas, 17 cups, 9 CL, 2 Uefa Cups, 3 Intercontinentals, rivals: Barcelona, Atletico, Athletic and Valencia, Spanish best! 
2 BARCELONA 78 (18 ligas, 24 cups, 2 CL, 4 Cup winners Cup, 3 uefa cups, more than a club, rivals: Real, Español, Valencia and Atletico)
3 ATHLETIC BILBAO 78 (8 ligas, 24 cups!!! 1 european final!! rivals big 7 and esp. Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid)
4 VALENCIA 74 (6 ligas, 7 cups, 3 uefa cups, 1 cup winners cup, rivals: big 8 esp. Real, Barcelona  and local derby:Levante)
5 ESPAÑOL 74 (4 cups, 2 european finals!, city: Barcelona, rivals Atletico, and esp. Barcelona, played at legendary Sarria and Montjuic)
6 ATLETICO MADRID 72 (9 ligas, 9 cups, 1 Cup Winners Cup, 1 Intercontinental, Rivals: Real, Español and Athletic Bilbao)
7 SEVILLA 65 (1 liga, 2 cups, 2 uefa cups !!! main rivals: Betis and other big clubs or andalucian clubs.)
8 Real Sociedad 63 (Segunda, city: San Sebastian, 2 ligas, 2 cups, rivals, basque clubs esp. Atheltic Bilbao)
9 Zaragoza 54 (6 cups, 1 Cup winners Cup, 1 uefa cup, Aragon region, main rivals: Barcelona, Español, Lleida, Logroñes and Numancia)
10 BETIS 46 (1 liga, 4 cups, typical spanish, from Seville, guess rivals...)
11 Celta 46 (Segunda, city: Vigo in Galicia, best club in Spain without liga or cup, rivals: Deportivo)
12 RACING SANTANDER 41 (played 1st season in 28-29!!, rivals: basque cubs and asturian clubs)
13 DEPORTIVO LA CORUÑA 39 (1 liga, 2 cups big rival, Celta, also asturian clubs: Sporting and Oviedo)
14 VALLADOLID 39 (regional derbies with: Salamanca, Burgos or Numancia)
15 SPORTING GIJON 38 (Segunda, with Oviedo classic asturian derby!!)
16 Oviedo 38 (Tercera!!, sad, classic derbies with Sporting)
17 OSASUNA 31 (city: Pamplona, big rivals: Real Madrid, basque clubs and Logroñes and Zaragoza)
18 Las Palmas 31 (Segunda, with Tenerife, classic canary islands derby!!)
19 MALAGA 28 (Segunda, big rivals from other andalucian towns as Sevilla, Cadiz, Almeria and Granada)
20 MALLORCA 23 (1 cup!! 1 european final, city: Palma, rivals Barcelona, Español, Valencia and Levante)
21 Elche 19 (Segunda, with Hercules de Alicante, classic province derby!!, also derbies with Murcia and Valencian clubs)
22 Hercules 19 (Segunda, city: Alicante, same rivals as Elche)
23 Mucia 18 (club with most seasons in Segunda in liga history, rivals, Hercules, Elche and Albacete also in Valencia)
24 Granada 17 (Segunda B, andalucian derbies with: both sevillan clubs, Malaga and Cadiz)
25 Sabadell 15 (Segunda B, third most important catalan club, city near Barcelona)
26 Tenerife 12 (Segunda, city: Santa Cruz, derbies with Las Palmas)
27 Rayo Vallecano 12 (Segunda, third Madrid club in capital, legendary, love all around the country, legendary area: Vallecas)***
28 Salamanca 12 (Segunda, classic castillan derby with Valladolid)
29 Cadiz 12 (Segunda B, Andalucian derbies with both Sevillan clubs, Malaga, Recrativo Huelva, Granada)
30 Alaves 11 (Segunda, town; Vitoria, 1 european final!!!! derbies with Osasuna, Logroñes and other basque clubs)
31 Castellon 11 (Segunda, regional derby with Villarreal and other regional club: Valencia, Hercules and Elche)
32 VILLARREAL 10 (see Castellon, first year in Primera was in 1998)
33 Logroñes 9 (Segunda B, town: Logroño, see Alaves for regional rivals, add Zaragoza and Numancia de Soria)
34 Burgos 9 (Segunda B, Castillan derbies with Valladolid, Salamanca, Numancia de Soria, Cultural Leonesa)
35 Cordoba 8 (Segunda, andalucian derbies with Granada, Malaga, Cadiz, Recrativo, Jaen, both Sevillan clubs, Almeria)
36 Albacete 8 (Segunda, from La Mancha province it is the only club in Primera, derbies with Murcia)
37 Arenas Getxo 7 (Tercera, 1 cup!!!! legendary club in town adjacent to Bilbao, strong in 20-30, played 1st season in liga history!!!!)***
38 Pontevedra 6 (Segunda B, galician club, derbies with Deportivo, Celta, Compostela)
39 RECREATIVO 5 (town: Huelva, oldest club in Spain, founded in 1889, andalucian rivals -see n.35 Cordoba-)
40 GETAFE 5 (small town near Madrid, 15 mins by car, first year in Primera 2004)
41 Levante 5 (town: Valencia, rivals: region; Valencia, Villarreal, Castellon, Hercules and Elche)
42 ALMERIA 4 (Andalucian derbies with: Malaga, Cadiz, Granada, Recreativo Huelva, Cordoba, Jaen, Sevillan clubs)
43 NUMANCIA 4 (Segunda, small city Soria "the siberia of spain", rivals: Zaragoza, Logroñes, Burgos, Valladolid)***
44 Compostela 4 (Tercera, town: Santiago, rivals: galician derbies with Depor, Celta and Pontevedra)
45 Gimnastic 4 (Segunda, town: Tarragona, catalan rivals include Barcelona, Español, Sabadell and Lleida)
46 Alcoyano 4 (Segunda B, small town: Alcoy, province Alicante,derbies: Hercules, Elche, Villarreal, Castellon and Valencian Clubs, legendary)****
47 Real Union de Irun 4 (Segunda B, 4 cups!!!! town: Irun, border with France, basque rivals, played 1st season in liga history, legendary!!!!)****
48 Jaen 3 (Segunda B,  another andalucian club, rivals see nº46 Almeria)
49 Europa 3 (Tercera, city: Barcelona, third club in the city, legendary in 20's-30's, played 1st season in liga history!!!)***
50 Extremadura 2 (Tercera, smallest town in Primera!!!: Almendralejo, name of club is region, rivals Merida)***
51 Merida 2 (Segunda B, another small club from that region, see Extremadura)
52 Lleida 2 (Segunda B, catalan club, rivals: Nastic de Tarragona, Sabadell, Zaragoza and clubs in Barcelona)
53 Cultural Leonesa 1 (Segunda B, city:Leon, played 55-56, rivals, castillan clubs as Valladolid, Salamanca, Numancia and Burgos)
54 Condal 1 (Tercera, city: Barcelona, played 56-57, in 1970 became youth FC Barcelona team, known as Barcelona B)*** 
55 Atletico Tetuan 1 (played in 51-52, merged in 56 with Ceuta, Tetuan is since that year a city in Morocco)***

*clubs, more to come, legendary and wonderful stories

1st season 28-29 10 clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Español, Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad, Racing Santander, Arenas Getxo, Real Union Irun and Europa.

Clubs with most seasons in Segunda never promoted to Primera:
1.Racing Club Ferrol 35 seasons (in Segunda B now), town: El Ferrol, near La Coruña, galician rivals!!
2.Xerez 31 seasons (in Segunda now) near Cadiz, Rivals: Cadiz and other andalacian teams!!!
3.Eibar 26 seasons (in Segunda now), small town in Basque Country, wonderful example of a segunda small but good club. rivals: basque clubs
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« Reply #286 on: August 27, 2008, 03:12:29 AM »
now, before the start of the season this weekend it is a duty for me to write 3 articles:
-best player in liga
-match with the two most interesting clubs
-tribute to one stadium 
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« Reply #287 on: August 27, 2008, 03:45:13 AM »
Great stats there Conchita- they really are fantastic to look through and compare teams :applause: Looking forward to your 3 articles then!
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« Reply #288 on: August 27, 2008, 04:47:08 PM »
BEST PLAYER - IKER CASILLAS (REAL MADRID)

Date of birth May 20, 1981
Place of birth  Mostoles, 15 kms near Madrid, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Number: 1
Nickname: The Saint, San Iker

the best story of this decade in la liga.
debut, 12 september 1999 in the best possible scenario:
in The Cathedral of Spanish Liga, San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, oldest Primera liga stadium.
339 matches in liga so far (should be nº1 at the end of his career), 83 matches with Spain (4th in all time list) and he is only 27 years old.
international debut in 2000 vs Sweden
He was a product of Real Madrid's youth system, and started in the junior squad during the 1990-91 season.
In 2000, he became the youngest-ever goalkeeper to ever play in a Champions League final when Real Madrid defeated Valencia C.F. 3-0 four days after his nineteenth birthday.
Casillas lost his spot to backup César Sánchez after a patch of bad form during the 2001-02 campaign, but Sanchez suffered an injury in the last minutes of Madrid's 2-1 2002 Champions League final victory over Bayer Leverkusen and was replaced by Casillas, (he made crucial saves in the last minutes and that's were his nickname started) who earned back the starting shirt the next season and has maintained it since.

With the exclusion of Real Madrid teammate Raúl from the squad for Euro 2008, Casillas was given the captain's armband. He started the first two Euro 2008 Group D games against Russia and Sweden before being rested in place of Pepe Reina for Spain's group stage elimination of Greece. Casillas saved two penalties from Antonio Di Natale and Daniele De Rossi as Spain eliminated Italy in the quarterfinals with a 4-2 shootout win following a goalless draw on June 22. Spain later went on to win the competition with a 1-0 win over Germany in the final on June 29; Casillas kept clean sheets for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches, with Sweden's first round goal by Zlatan Ibrahimović being the last one scored against him. In his 82 appearances for Spain, he has kept 42 clean sheets.

On June 29, 2008 Casillas became the first goalkeeper-captain to lift the UEFA European Championship trophy when Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the final.One of his saves during the quarterfinals versus South Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup was rated by FIFA as the top 10 saves of all time.



Honors
Real Madrid
La Liga: 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08,
Spanish Super Cup: 2001, 2003, 2008.
UEFA Champions League: 1999-00, 2001-02
UEFA Super Cup: 2002
Intercontinental Cup: 2002

International
UEFA U-15 Championship: 1995
UEFA U-17 Championship: 1997
UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup: 1999 
FIFA World Youth Championship: winner 1999
UEFA European Championship: winner 2008
Personal
Bravo Award, best european young player: 2000
Young Player in La Liga: 1999-00
UEFA Team of the Year: 2007
ESM Team of the Year: 2007-08
Zamora Trophy: 2008

Casillas called "The Saint" for miraculous saves, he has rescued many times both Real (in the worst period of the club in decades -3 years without titles) and Spain.
He is the Spanish person most admired in the country, behind are in 2nd place Queen Sofia of Spain , 3rd place King Juan Carlos.
that's really difficult to achieve but you can not dislike a person who is so humble and friendly, for example Barça fans respect him a lot and if Barça could sign a player from Real it will be Casillas for sure.
btw, he is one of the best friends of Nadal, Rafa is a Real Madrid fan. they have done a lot of charity matches together.
In February 2008, he signed a contract extension that will keep him Real Madrid until 2017, with an automatic extension if he plays 30 competitive matches during the final season of the contract. He is the most loved player for sure by Real fans. The Nº1.
Real Madrid was awarded by FIFA with the title of best club in the world in 2000. All experts agree he is the best goalkeeper in Real Madrid history.
One more thing: goalkeeper is perhaps where you find the best player in Spanish football history....
Arconada in the 80's (with his incredible mistake in the Euro 84 final against France in Paris)..2 ligas with Real Sociedad.
Iribar in 60's and 70's...with Athletic Club Bilbao. Ramallets in 50's with Barcelona (4th place in WC 1950) but....
you really must go to the myth to see how great Casillas is....
the trophy in liga for best goalkeeper: The award goes to the goalkeeper who has the lowest "goals-to-games" ratio. It is named after legendary Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora.
Zamora is one of the three big myths in Spanish Football with Pichichi (trophy in liga for top goalscorer for each Liga season) and Zarra, trophy for best spanish player. Zarra is the player who has scored most goals in Liga history. I should talk about all 3 myths in a post.

Zamora vs Casillas, similar career. who is the best?
Zamora debuted with Español in a derby vs city rivals Barcelona in 1916, 0-0 final score, he was also very young, 16 years old, born in 1900.
Zamora was considered the best Spanish player since his first match until his last match, Cup Final with Real vs Barcelona, Real won the Cup in 1936 and then the civil war started days later and liga was not restarted until 1939. Zamora played 46 matches with Spain at a time when playing 7 matches in a year was a record. His record was not broken until mid 70's. Zamora was the captain of the Spanish team that won silver in Antwerp 1920 when Olympic Games were World Cups -until Amsterdam 1928.

Well, all the people agree that after Casillas was the captain of Euro 2008 winning Squad....it's time to say it, he has beat the myth, Zamora:

CASILLAS IS THE BEST GOALKEEPER IN SPANISH LIGA HISTORY.


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« Reply #289 on: August 27, 2008, 04:51:31 PM »
32 VILLARREAL 10 (see Castellon, first year in Primera was in 1998)

Why 10 seasons? I thought they've been around for a long time  :confused1:
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« Reply #290 on: August 27, 2008, 06:22:39 PM »
MATCH WITH THE TWO MOST INTERESTING CLUBS
VILLARREAL VS NUMANCIA

wonderful stories.

VILLARREAL

Villarreal, only played in Segunda two seasons 70-72 before the 90's...
Villarreal played always before the regional championship for decades....
then came the promotion to Segunda in 1992...and well all Spain: made the same question:
what is Villarreal? where is Villarreal? what a great surprise was coming....

Villarreal is a small town near Valencia with no historic, cultural or whatsoever background. It's not a town known by Spanish people, only known by local people in Valencia region...then came the football....
Villarreal, in the province of Castelló, in the Land of Valencia. Located 7 km to the south of the province's capital (Castelló de la Plana).
Villarreal has 50,000 inhabitants. Ranked by population, it is the second city in the province (following the capital), and tenth in the Valencian region, then came football.

Villarreal Club de Fútbol
Nickname: El Submarino Amarillo, ("The Yellow Submarine")
Founded March 10, 1923
Ground Estadio El Madrigal, (Capacity: 25,000) -town has 50,000 inhabitants.

Early years
The club was founded in 1923 and played in regional leagues until the Spanish Civil War, during which Spanish football went into a hiatus. After the war, the club played in various regional leagues as well as the Third Division until the 1970/71 season, when Villarreal first played in the Segunda División for two consecutive seasons, at the end of which the club was relegated to the Third Division once again.
After playing in the Segunda División B for a few seasons in the late 80s, Villarreal managed to solidify themselves as a Segunda División club starting with the 1992/93 season. Promoted to Segunda in 1992, came the question where is Villarreal?

La Liga de las Estrellas
On May 24, 1998, a date which the club's supporters still remember fondly, Villarreal sealed promotion to the Primera División for the 1998/99 season, which started with an intimidating match against giants Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. After a difficult season, Villarreal were again relegated to the Segunda División for the 1999/2000 season, in which they finished third, again earning promotion to La Liga de las Estrellas, the Primera División, this time to stay for good. 2006-2007 season started very badly but Villarreal were able to qualify for the UEFA Cup after 8 consecutive wins. The Yellow Submarines were 13th after Round 30 of La Liga, but they climbed to finish 5th at the end of the season.

then Europe with the same question...what/where is Villarreal?

After finishing 7th a year later, Villarreal stayed near the bottom of the table for two seasons before defeating Dutch team SC Heerenveen in the final to win their first European title, the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the summer of 2003, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Cup tournament. In the 2003/04 season, Villarreal reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, losing to neighbours and eventual champions Valencia CF. (Valencia won UEFA final vs Marseille). That summer, however, they won the Intertoto Cup again, qualifying for that coming season's UEFA Cup tournament, in which they would reach the quarter-finals. They bowed out in the quarter-finals to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, losing 3-2 on aggregate. During the same 2004/05 season Villarreal finished in 3rd place in La Liga, earning the club their first direct qualification to a European tournament; the UEFA Champions League.

The 2005/06 season brought the club considerable European success and recognition, due to their consistent performances in the Champions League. In the qualifying round stage, Villarreal sensationally defeated English side Everton F.C. with a 4-2 aggregate score with two 2-1 victories. In the group stage, Villarreal were to be in the same group as Portuguese champions SL Benfica, French club Lille OSC, and English giants Manchester United F.C.. Remaining undefeated throughout the group stage, Villarreal were twice victorious (1-0 each against Benfica away and Lille at home) and earned four draws, including two scoreless draws with Manchester United. They topped their group and progressed to the knock-out stages along with SL Benfica. The club progressed to the quarter-finals in their Champions League debut by defeating the Scottish club Rangers F.C. 3-3 on the away goals rule (a 2-2 draw in Glasgow and a 1-1 draw at home gave the Spanish side one more away goal than their opponents).

El Submarino Amarillo drew Italian heavyweights Inter Milan in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The first leg was played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 29, 2006. Playing at San Siro, Diego Forlán scored inside the first minute of the match, but Villarreal lost 2-1 as Inter took a lead to the return leg at Estadio El Madrigal on April 4. Villarreal, however, continued their unbeaten home record in the Champions League as they beat the Italian giants 1-0 in the second leg to qualify for the semi-finals on the away goals rule (the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate, but because of Diego Forlán's goal in Milan, Villarreal advanced). During that game, left-back Rodolfo 'El Vasco' Arruabarrena turned a back header from Riquelme's free kick past Inter's goalkeeper Francesco Toldo to score the decisive goal of the tie. In the semi-finals, Villarreal narrowly lost out to Arsenal F.C. on a 1-0 aggregate scoreline following Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann's save of Juan Román Riquelme's last-minute penalty, the penalty was won by Jose Mari. Villarreal signed Robert Pires from Arsenal in the summer following their Champions League semi-final defeat. He is playing for the team now after a long injury lay-off.

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If you want to find a good example of a small, unknown town with wonderful history in Europe Villarreal is a wonderful choice.
The key of Villarreal success: signing very young unknown players that turn out to be excellent players later. there are too many examples. Villarreal are masters in signing players.
I will be following Altidore since Day 1.

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NUMANCIA.

another great story....
Numancia are from Soria, capital of province of Soria in Castilla-Leon.
Soria is not like Villarreal, it is a capital of province and has one of the historic stories that a lot of Spanish people know.

Soria is a city in north-central Spain. The municipality had a population of 40,000- nearly 40% of the population of the province.

Situated on the Rio Duero in the east of the autonomous community, the city is noted for its walls and a number of architecturally distinctive churches.

The 20th century Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, (one of the best in Spanish history) spent five years in Soria teaching French in a secondary school in the early part of the century. These years were to prove essential to his further literary development. He married and lost his wife there and discovered much about the nature of the Castilian people – a subject about which the Generation of '98 authors were very interested.

A few kilometres north of the town are the ruins of Numantia, a Celtiberian town whose inhabitants destroyed it rather than let it fall to Scipio. Numantia (Numancia in Spanish) was a town in Hispania (modern-day Spain), which for a long time resisted conquest by Romans in what was known as the "Numantine War." The city was finally taken and destroyed by consul Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus after a long and brutal siege. This victory put most of the Iberia under Roman control.
Before their defeat, the Numantines gained a number of victories. For example, in 137 BC, 20,000 Romans surrendered to the Celtiberians of Numantia (population between 4,000-8,000).
The final siege of Numantia began in the year 134 BC. Scipio Aemilianus, who was a Roman consul at that time, was in command of an army of 30,000 soldiers. His troops constructed a number of fortifications surrounding the city as they prepared for a long siege. Resistance was hopeless but the Numantians refused to surrender and famine quickly spread through the city. After eight months most of the inhabitants decided to commit suicide rather than become slaves. Only a few hundred of exhausted and famished inhabitants surrendered to the victorious Roman legions.
The ruins of Numantia is near modern-day Garray in Soria. Many objects and rest of the city can be visited in the Museo Numantino of Soria.

The siege of Numantia has been recorded by several Roman historians that admire the sense of freedom of the ancient Iberians and acknowledged their fighting skills against the Roman legions. Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) wrote a play about the event, El cerco de Numancia, which stands today as his most well-known dramatic work. In the Spanish culture, it has a meaning similar to that of Masada for Israelis.

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Soria is the least populous of all of Spain's provinces, with a density of around 9 inhabitants/km² - one of the lowest in the European Union. Of the province's population of 91,487 (2002), nearly 40% live in the capital, Soria. There are 183 municipalities in Soria, of which nearly half are hamlets of under 100 people and of which only 12 have more than 1000 people. The cathedral town of the province is El Burgo de Osma.

Soria has also the worst weather in Spain. if you want to find snow go to Soria.

Soria is considered the Siberia of Spain,

The Sorian football team is called CD Numancia. perhaps something like a NFL or MLB franchise in Wyoming.

Club Deportivo Numancia de Soria
Nickname(s) Rojillos
Founded 1945
Ground Los Pajaritos, (Capacity: 10,200)

The club is named after the ancient Celtiberian town of Numantia near present-day Soria. Founded on April 9, 1945, the club competes in Spanish football's La Liga, after having been promoted from the Segunda División at the end of the 2007-08 season. They play in red shirts and blue shorts. Home stadium is the Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos that seats 10,200 spectators.

Besides football the club has other departments in sports such as volleyball, women's handball, and rhythmic gymnastics.

Having spent a long time in the Tercera División, the club made consistent progress, reaching as high as the first division division for three seasons, the last one in 2008.


Some history....Numancia only played in Segunda 2 seasons 1949-1951 before the 90's...they always played regional leagues until the 90's...

then came one of the best stories of the 90's:

While playing in the third level, Segunda B, Numancia made a legendary run in the Spanish Cup, eliminating three top flight Primera clubs in 1995-96. Beating Real Sociedad, Racing de Santander, and Sporting de Gijón, they were finally knocked out in the quarter finals by FC Barcelona after taking the lead. Tie in Soria 2-2, the face of the great Johan Cruyff, coach of Barcelona that night was unforgettable, also when they scored first at Camp Nou in Barcelona.

They finally were promoted to Segunda in 1997 and they astonished the country winning promotion to Primera in 1999.
It's another wonderful example of a club that came from nowhere but they have being writing one of the best pages in Liga history since mid 90's...because this humble club from the least populated region of Spain has won promotion to Primera 4 times since 1999!! GREAT!!!

League history
Tercera División: thirty-three seasons.
Segunda División B: eight seasons (1989-90 to 1996-97).
Segunda División: eight seasons (1949-50, 1950-51, 1997-98, 1999-99, 2001-02 and 2005-08).
La Liga: four seasons (1999-00, 2000-01, 2004-05 and 2008-09).

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Here you find two great examples of very small towns and small clubs writting unforgettable chapters in liga history.
Villarreal, 50,000 inhabitans, stadium 25,000 spectators...you will not find a seat...in all matches 25,000, half the town is watching the match.
Numancia, 40,000 inhabitants, stadium 10,000...."all the town is in the stadium."

WONDERFUL CLUBS

Forget el clasico, Real Madrid vs Barcelona

THE MATCH THAT WIN THE HEARTS IS: VILLARREAL VS NUMANCIA



Villarreal in english, http://www.villarrealcf.es/
Numancia http://www.cdnumancia.com/
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« Reply #291 on: August 27, 2008, 08:06:19 PM »
MATCH WITH THE TWO MOST INTERESTING CLUBS
VILLARREAL VS NUMANCIA

THE MATCH THAT WIN THE HEARTS IS: VILLARREAL VS NUMANCIA



Villarreal in english, http://www.villarrealcf.es/
Numancia http://www.cdnumancia.com/


Nice read!

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« Reply #292 on: August 28, 2008, 12:09:45 AM »
Excellent work Conchita and both really good reads :applause: Casillas is always one of the very best and most spectacular keepers in the world to watch and both Villarreal and Numancia are pretty small clubs compared to some, so their 2 stories and what they've achieved in Spanish football is just fantastic.
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« Reply #293 on: August 28, 2008, 05:59:15 PM »
Many Thanks Babblelot and CT!!!  :)
It was difficult to choose the two most interesting clubs -
3rd option was very close, Getafe is also a club with a very interesting and wonderful story and a similar story of small town achieving great things!!! I'll post about Getafe in the future. 
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TRIBUTE TO ONE LEGENDARY STADIUM IN LAST SEASON AS LIGA VENUE!!!!

ESTADIO OLIMPICO DE MONTJUIC 1929-2009

"la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Motjuic" , the most legendary and best sports complex in the country.

Etymology

Montjuïc is translated as Hill of the Jews in the medieval Catalan language, or perhaps as a corruption of Latin Mons Jovicus (that is, hill of Jupiter). The name is found in several locations in the Catalan Countries: the Catalan cities of Girona and Barcelona have a Montjuïc, as does the island of Minorca. When written in a Spanish rather than Catalan context it is generally spelled Montjuich (in the old Catalan spelling before Pompeu Fabra's orthography).

Description

Barcelona's Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southeast of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 173 metres) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castell de Montjuïc) remains today. The fortress largely dates from the 17th century, with 18th century additions. In 1842 the garrison (loyal to the Madrid government) shelled parts of the city following disturbances. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until the time of General Franco. The castle was the site of numerous executions. In 1897 an incident popularly known as Els processos de Montjuïc prompted the execution of anarchist supporters, which in turn lead to a severe repression of the workers' struggle for their rights. On different occasions during the Spanish Civil War, both Nationalists and Republicans were executed there, each at the time when the site was held by their opponents. The Catalan nationalist leader Lluís Companys i Jover was also executed there in 1940, having been extradited to the Franco government by the Nazis.

Developments
wooded, the slopes of the Montjuïc were traditionally used to grow food and graze animals by the people of the neighbouring Ciutat Vella. In the 1890s the forests were partially cleared, opening space for parklands. The site was selected to host the 1929 International Exposition (a World's Fair), for which the first large-scale construction on the hill was begun. The surviving buildings from this effort include the grand Palau Nacional, the Estadi Olímpic (the Olympic stadium), the ornate Font Màgica fountains, and a grand staircase leading up from the foot of the Montjuïc at the south end of the Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina, past the Font Màgica and through the Plaça del Marquès de Foronda and the Plaça de les Cascades to the Palau Nacional. The Poble Espanyol, a "Spanish village" of different buildings built in different styles of Spanish architecture, also survives, located on the western side of the hill. Mies van der Rohe's German national pavilion was constructed at the foot of the hill, near the Plaça del Marquès de Foronda. It was demolished in 1930 but was rebuilt in 1988.

Also completed in 1929, the Olympic stadium was intended to host an anti-fascist alternative Olympics in 1936, in opposition to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. These plans were cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. The stadium serves as the home for football team Espanyol (the club is scheduled to leave for a new stadium in Cornellà/El Prat upon completion in 2009.

Montjuic F1/moto gp Circuit 1932-1986
In 1932 a race was held on a street circuit with the start in the Montjuïc Park, wooded parkland on a hill above the city's harbour. The course of the 1933 east circuit of that race became the Montjuïc Circuit proper.
In 1968, Montjuïc was selected as the venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, which had been held at the Jarama circuit in Madrid, with the inaugural Grand Prix being held there on May 4 1969. The variable character of the anticlockwise course (with one half slow and the other very fast) made setting the cars up correctly a challenge.
The roads in the slopes facing the city were once the Montjuïc circuit Formula One racing circuit, hosting the Spanish Grand Prix on four occasions. However, a terrible accident in the 1975 race saw Rolf Stommelen's car crash into the stands, killing four people; as a result the Spanish Grand Prix never returned to Montjuïc circuit.
Sir Jackie Stewart was the best driver at the Montjuic F1 circuit, winning 3 times!!!
Sir Frank Williams: "the first circuit I participated as car owner and entrant was the 1969 Spanish Grand Prix at Montjuic Circuit. A great circuit for drivers requiring much courage, but also a very dangerous track for both drivers and spectators. The circuit was definetely for men and not for boys. A series of high speed sweeping corners uphill to the pit straight were as challenging as those of Spa and most of the circuit was bordered by a guard rail rather like at Monaco, on the very edge of the track. The corner at the end of the Stadium straight was one of the most difficult in F1 history and the downhill since that corner was one of the most beautiful and spectacular in F1 history. One of the most beautiful circuits in F1 history. As a grand prix circuit and the challenge it created for both cars and drivers it was one of the most difficult I have ever seen. It's passing into history was a great shame" 

Sports Venues
The Montjuïc was selected as the site for several of the venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics, centred around the Olympic stadium. Extensively refurbished and renamed the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the 65,000-seat stadium saw the opening and closing ceremonies and hosted many events. Around it was build the Anella Olímpica (the "Olympic Ring") of sporting venues, including:
Palau Sant Jordi (catalan language, St. George Palace) is an indoor sporting arena. The maximum seating capacity of the arena is 17,000 for sporting events and 20,000 for musical events. It was opened in 1990 and designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The Palau Sant Jordi was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics. Nowadays, it is used for all kinds of indoor sport events as well as for concerts and other cultural activities, due to its great flexibility. The arena was the venue of the 1998 and 2003 Euroleague final four.
and also:
the Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya, a centre of sports science (weighlifting in 1992) ; the Piscines Bernat Picornell, the venue for swimming and diving events; and the striking telecommunications tower, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Of the Piscines (swimmimg pools), the diving pool built in 1929 and the spectacle of Olympic divers, mid-air and backdropped against the dramatic cityscape below, was one of the most enduring televisual images of the 1992 Olympics Games. The pool was selected as the setting for the "Slow" music video recorded in 2003 by the Australian artist Kylie Minogue.
also build in 20's and 30's and renovated for the games in 80's: 2 hockey fields called Piece Fields, 2 small arenas for handball and volleyball, 1 baseball field adjacent to the sea, 1 equestrian club, 1 rugby stadium-La Foixarda, 1 small track and field stadium, 1 small football stadium- Capmany, 1 tennis club, Club Pompeia (7 clay courts), 1 waterpolo club with pool, 1 archery field in the Castle, 1 shooting venue, 1 fencing club and also:
the legendary cycling road race in the park!!!

here are the reasons above why it is called: "la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Motjuic" , the most legendary and best sports complex in the country

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The ornate Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, an extensive showcase of Catalan painting and sculpture.

The top of the hill can be reached using the Funicular de Montjuïc, a funicular railway that operates as part of the Barcelona Metro, and then a aerial cableway. Part of the slopes are covered with a well attended park and gardens. The hill is often used for amateur cycling.


Also on the Montjuïc
Calatrava's Olympic telecommunications tower
Fundació Joan Miró, a modern art museum centring around a large collection of the works of Joan Miró
Cementiri del Sud-Oest, a cemetery containing many of Barcelona's rich and celebrated, including Lluís Companys and his predecessor as President of Catalonia Francesc Macià, as well as artist Joan Miró, dancer Carmen Amaya and poet/priest Jacint Verdaguer. Numerous unmarked graves hold those executed in the fortress.
The botanic gardens.
The museum of ethnology
The Catalan museum of archaeology (housed in the 1929 exhibition's palace of graphic arts)
The Olympic museum
Palacete Albeniz -one of the palace of the monarchy in Barcelona
Mercat de Les Flors - Market Flowers (a theatre)
Teatre Grec -another theather.
and too many small and beautiful gardens....
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TRIBUTE TO ONE LEGENDARY STADIUM IN LAST SEASON AS LIGA VENUE!!!!

ESTADIO OLIMPICO DE MONTJUIC 1929-2009

 
"la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Motjuic" , the most legendary and best sports complex in the country.

Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc is a stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 Expo in the city (and Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin, it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The stadium was inauguated on 20 may 1929 with a friendly football match between Catalonia and Bolton Wanderers and in the same day a rugby match between Spain and Italy, with The King of Spain, IOC president Pierre de Coubertin and Fifa president Jules Rimet, with a capacity of 60,000 it was the 2nd biggest in Europe at that thime after Wembley stadium.   
Montjuic stadium was projected by the architect Pere Domenech i Roura and inaugurated in 1929 on the occasion of the Exposicion Universal of Barcelona.

The stadium is located in the Anella Olímpica, on Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of the city which overlooks the harbour.

Montjuic hill is called in Spain "la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Motjuic" because it is considered the most legendary and best sports complex in the country.

The stadium has a capacity of 56,000 spectators (70,000 during the 1992 Olympics), and has served as the home of RCD Espanyol since 1929 with the legendary Sarria Stadium and as the only home of Español since 1998. Sarria stadium was the smaller stadium of Español built in 1923 and demolished in 1997, Sarria stadium capacity was 41,000.
Español played the most important games at Montjuic -because of capacity- and at Sarria Stadium Español played against mid tables or weaker clubs in Liga or Copa.
Sarria stadium: The stadium held 41,000 and was built in 1923. It closed in 1997. It hosted three memorable matches in the 1982 FIFA World Cup with defending champions Argentina, Brazil and Italy -the group of death in WC 1982 with just 1 country advancing to semifinals-, including Italy's dramatic 3-2 win over Brazil, when Italian striker Paolo Rossi scored a hat-trick. This match is until today known in Brazil as the "Disaster of Sarrià", and after it, an Italian paper published: "Il Brasile siamo noi!" (We are Brazil).

The Spanish government led by the newly elected left-wing Popular Front boycotted the  1936 Summer Games in Berlin and organized the People's Olympiad as a parallel event in Barcelona in the Montjuic Stadium. 6,000 athletes from 22 countries registered for the games. However, the People's Olympiad was aborted due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War just one day before the event was going to start.

In the 70's, the stadium started demonstrating worrying symptoms of ruin, especially in the stands. Español last match at Montjuic was in 1974, Español came back in 1989 when the stadium was renovated.   

The Stadium was the stage of the essays of the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup of football of 1982 that was celebrated in the Camp Nou. FC Barcelona never played at Montjuic and never called Montjuic stadium home.

When Barcelona was awarded with the organization of the Olympic Games of 1992, it was remodel in 1989, architectes team of Correa-Milá-Margarit-Buixadé, with the participation of the Italian Vittorio Gregotti. It was completely empty in mid 80's to allow work, remaining only the exterior fronts (though the front west, which conservation was contemplating the project, was not possible to save it and so they build again that part of the stadium. New stands got up for a total capacity of 55.000 spectators. The capacity of the stadium from 1928 until renovation was 60,000 spectators. Also in 1989 the level was reduced 11 meters and the stone that was extracted, Montjuich's stone of excellent quality, was for the construction of the Temple of the Sagrada Familia, Sacred Family. But the Stadium of 1989 is 90% the same as
the stadium of 1929, only big changes in stands.

In 1989 it was re-inaugurated on the occasion of World Championships of Athletics, and three years later it was stage of the opening and closing ceremonies of the mentioned Olympic Games of 1992, as well as of the venue for the track and field competitons. Football in Barcelona 1992 was played at Camp Nou, Sarria Stadium (2nd stadium of Español) and cities close to Barcelona as Valencia or Zaragoza.
 
The stadium was named in 2001 for the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Lluís Companys i Jover, who was executed at the nearby Montjuïc Castle in 1940 by the Franco regime.

However all the people in Spain called the Stadium: Montjuic, it has been the name for more than 80 years.

When the Spanish Grand Prix and other races were held at the Montjuïc Formula One racing circuit until 1975, the stadium was used as a paddock for the teams. Due to safety concerns, the 1975 F1 race was nearly boycotted by drivers.

It also served as the home of the Barcelona Dragons American Football team until 2003. Because the size of the playing surface was slightly shorter than the regulation American Football length, the stadium only had 7-yard end zones, three yards shorter than regulation NFL size.

The Estadi Olímpic has hosted many pop-rock concerts: among them, Madonna (1990), Bruce Springsteen (1993, 2003), Rolling Stones (1990, 1998, 2003, 2007), U2 (1997), Metallica (2003), Prince (1990), Tina Turner (1990), David Bowie (1990), AC/DC (1991), Pink Floyd (1994), Michael Jackson (1992), Guns n'Roses (1993) and Bon Jovi (1995, 2008).

The stadium hosted the Euro 2008 qualifying match between Andorra and England on the 28th of March 2007 and is due to host the same fixture on 6th September 2008 for the 2010 World Cup qualifying match.

Sports Events
1930: Cup final, Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid.
1930: boxing fight, Paulino Uzcudun and Cousin Carnera.
1933: Cup final, Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid.
1934: boxing fight, Paulino Uzcudun and Max Schmeling, valid for European heavy weight title.
1934: Cup final, Valencia CF vs Real Madrid.
1939: Cup final, Sevilla CF vs Racing de Ferrol.
1944: Cup final, Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF.
1945: Cup final, Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF.
1946: Cup final, Real Madrid vs Valencia CF.
1955: Mediterranean Games
1957: Cup final, FC Barcelona vs RCD Español.
1989: World Championships of Athletics
1992: Summer Games
1997: American Football, World Bowl ' 97 (or World Bowl V). Final of World League: Barcelona Dragons vs the Rhein Fire. Dragons won 38-24. 
2003: Cup Final, Real Madrid and Zaragoza.
2003 (July): Polic's world Games à - ace and Firemen.
2008: Restart of the track and field meeting.
2010: European championship of Athletics.

Also Spanish football national team has played at Montjuic several times (28 matches, 3rd stadium behind Bernabeu in Madrid and Mestalla in Valencia), last match: against Italy, a friendly in 2000 to Celebrate Español centenary 1900-2000. Spain 2 - Italy 0.

Also worst defeat for Real Madrid in liga history was at Montjuic, 5 march 1931, Español 8 - Real Madrid 1.
and the biggest win between Barcelona and Español was at Montjuic, Español 6- Barcelona 0. Barcelona has never broken this record in wins against Español.

The Montjuic Olimpic Stadium is one of four Spanish stadiums catalogued as " Stadium Five Stars " for the UEFA, fact that enables to host Champions League and UEFA Cup finals.

Montjuic hill is called in Spain "la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Mountain" because it is considered the most legendary and best sports complex in the country.

Español will leave Montjuic in the middle of the season 2008/2009, february-march. Just 80 years since Español played for the first time in 1929.
The first goal in liga history was scored by Español in 1929 at Montjuic against Real Union de Irun.

The new Stadium in property of Español, that to be located in Cornella-Prat area will then be inaugurated in the middle of the season 2008/2009.
Capacity of the new stadium aprox. 40,000.

HASTA SIEMPRE MONTJUIC!!! LA MONTAÑA SAGRADA!!!
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TRIBUTE TO ONE LEGENDARY STADIUM IN LAST SEASON AS LIGA VENUE!!!!

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"la Montaña Sagrada", "the Sacred Motjuic" , the most legendary and best sports complex in the country.


Some pictures of Montjuic:
the start of the hill from Plaza España, Spain Square

the National Palace


Calatrava tower


Montjuic at night, with the Palace and the magic fountain

The Castle


Palau Sant Jordi (DC 2000 final venue)



Magic Fountain


The Olympic Ring, with Europe Square

The Diving Swimming Pool

A view from the Palace towards Plaza España in mid 80's, end of pic -in left Las Arenas bullring!!!

Pueblo Español, Spanish Village


Aerial view of Olympic Ring

A small swimimng pool in the waterpolo club

A pic of a garden, there are too many!!!

Palacete Albeniz -one of the palace of the monarchy in Barcelona

A view of Montjuic from the Boardwalk near Ramblas, this is Columbus Avenue

Botanical garden

Picornell pool


INEFC Pavilion


Rugby field, La Foixarda, build in 1914, this place was going to be the venue for the original Olympic Stadium


Hockey Field, La Pau-"Peace Field"

Part of the Equestrian club

Serrahima small track and field stadium


Fundacion Joan Miro, a museum


The museum of ethnology, with F1 Legendary Rosaleda corner


The Catalan museum of archaeology

Mercat de Les Flors - Flowers Market -a theatre


Teatre Grec - Greek theatre


Montjuic F1 circuit


The circuit:

Fittipaldi with the Lotus in the most difficult corner, Angulo Miramar

More pics of the F1 circuit



and save the best for last, Jackie Stewart!!!





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« Reply #298 on: August 29, 2008, 12:23:05 AM »
Wow Conchita, brilliant articles- I loved reading them about the famous Stadium and complex in Spain, and then the pictures were absolutely wonderful. So many great ones and ideal to get a proper feeling and understanding of the area and the complex there. Fantastic work :applause:
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THE AWARDS - THE THREE BIGGEST LEGENDS

The Ricardo Zamora Trophy
(Spanish: Trofeo Ricardo Zamora) is a football award, established by Spanish newspaper MARCA in 1958. The award goes to the goalkeeper who has the lowest "goals-to-games" ratio. It is named after legendary Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora.

In the inaugural year of the award, the winning goalkeeper had to play at least 15 league matches in the current season. In 1964, the limit for matches a goalkeeper had to play was raised to 22. In 1983, it was raised to 28 matches, including the rule that the goalkeeper had to play at least 60 minutes in match for it to count.

In the last couple of years the list of goalkeepers who would have won the trophy prior to 1958 has been published. For these seasons, a limit of matches that the goalkeeper had to play has been applied. For the leagues with only 10 teams the limit of matches was 14, for those of 12 teams it was 17 and for those of 14 the limit was 20 matches. For those leagues of 16 teams it is 22 - as originally established for the trophy from 1964 to 1983.


Ricardo Zamora (January 21, 1901 — September 15, 1978)
was a Spanish footballer and manager. He played as a goalkeeper for, among others, RCD Español, FC Barcelona and Madrid CF. As an international he played for both the Catalan XI and Spain. As a manager he won two La Liga titles with Atlético Aviación and briefly managed Spain.

Zamora, nicknamed El Divino , was noted for wearing a cloth cap and a white polo-neck jumper on the field, a look later copied by several of his contemporaries. He claimed it was to protect him from both the sun and his opponents. He was also noted for his bravery. In 1929 while playing for Spain against England, he carried on playing despite breaking his sternum. Spain won the game 4-3, becoming the first team from outside of the British Isles to defeat England. Zamora is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Madrid CF against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 38 years until being surpassed by José Ángel Iribar.

Zamora was also the subject of controversy throughout his career. He allegedly enjoyed drinking Cognac and smoking up to three packs of cigarettes a day. During the 1920 Olympic Games he was sent off against Italy after punching an opponent and on the way back from the same tournament he was arrested, imprisoned and fined for attempting to smuggle Havana cigars. In 1922 he was suspended for a year when he lied to the tax authorities about the signing on fee he received when he returned to RCD Español. He also received 40,000 pesetas of the 150,000 peseta fee that took him from RCD Español to Madrid CF.

Playing career
RCD Español
Zamora began his career as a junior with Universitari SC before signing for RCD Español in 1916. He helped RCD Español win the Campionat de Catalunya in 1918 before an argument with one of the club's directors saw him being transferred to local rivals FC Barcelona in 1919. After three successful seasons at Barça he returned to Español in 1922. On February 2 1929, he made his La Liga debut with RCD Español during the competitions inaugural season. In the same year he also helped the club win both the Campionat de Catalunya and their first ever Copa del Rey in 1929. The team was coached by Jack Greenwell and also included Ricardo Saprissa. In the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey they beat Athletic Madrid 9-3 on aggregate before beating eventual La Liga champions, FC Barcelona, 3-1 in the semi-finals and Real Madrid 2-1 in the final. After playing 26 La Liga games for RCD Español, he joined Madrid CF in 1930.

FC Barcelona
Between 1919 and 1922 Zamora was a prominent member of the legendary FC Barcelona team, coached by Jack Greenwell, that also included his close friend Josep Samitier, Sagibarbá, Paulino Alcántara and Félix Sesúmaga. During his time at FC Barcelona he helped the team win the Campionat de Catalunya three times and the Copa del Rey twice.

Real Madrid
In 1930 Zamora signed for Real Madrid, at the time known as Madrid CF. He was one of several new arrivals, and among the others was Jacinto Quincoces. During the 1931-32 season they helped the club win La Liga for the first time. The following season Zamora and Quincoces were joined at the club by Josep Samitier and the trio helped Madrid CF retain the La Liga title. In 1934 Francisco Bru took over as the Madrid CF coach and he guided Zamora and company to victory in two Copa de España finals. In 1934 they beat a Valencia CF team coached by Jack Greenwell 2-1. The 1936 final saw Madrid CF meet FC Barcelona for the first time in a cup final. Despite playing with ten men for most of the game, the Madrid club beat Barça 2-1 at the Mestalla. Barça’s attempts to equalise in the final minutes were thwarted by Zamora’s spectacular save from Josep Escolà.


International career
In 1920 together with Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga, Pichichi and José María Belauste, Zamora was a member of the first ever Spanish national squad. The squad, coached by Francisco Bru, won the silver medal at the 1920 Olympic Games. Zamora subsequently made 46 official appearances for Spain and also represented them at the 1934 World Cup.

Zamora also played at least 13 games for the Catalan XI. However records from the era do not always include accurate statistics and he may have played more. Together with Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarbá and Josep Samitier he helped the Catalan XI win an inter-regional competition, the Copa Princep de Asturies, three times during the 1920s.

Coaching career
In 1939 Zamora was appointed coach of Atlético de Madrid, then known as Athletic Aviación and later to become Atlético Aviación, following a merger with Aviación Nacional, a Spanish Air Force team. With Zamora as manager, the club won their first La Liga in 1940 and then retained the title in 1941. In 1946 he moved to Celta de Vigo and during the 1947-48, he led a Celta team that included Pahíño and Miguel Muñoz to fourth in La Liga and the Copa del Generalísimo final. In June 1952 he coached Spain for two games. He later returned to Celta de Vigo and then had two spells as coach at RCD Español.


Honours
Player
RCD Español
Copa del Rey: 1 1928-29
Catalan Champions: 2: 1917-18, 1928-29
FC Barcelona
Copa del Rey: 2 1919-20, 1921-22
Catalan Champions: 3: 1919-20, 1920-21, 1921-22
Madrid CF
Spanish Champions: 2 1931-32, 1932-33
Copa de España: 2 1933-34, 1935-36
Catalan XI
Copa Princep de Asturies: 3 1922, 1924, 1926
Spain
Olympic Games: 1
Silver medallist 1920
 
Zamora trophy: 3 1928-1929, 1931-1932, 1932-1933

Manager
Atlético Aviación Spanish Champions: 2 1939-40, 1940-41
Celta de Vigo Copa Runners-Up 1947-48

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Pichichi Trophy

In Spanish football, the Pichichi is the trophy awarded by Spanish sports newspaper Marca to the top goalscorer for each league season. The award is named after the famous Athletic Bilbao player, Rafael Moreno "Pichichi".

Rafael Moreno Aranzadi (August 8, 1892 – March 1, 1922), known by the nickname Pichichi

was a Spanish footballer who played for Athletic Bilbao and Spain during the 1910s and 1920s.

Born in Bilbao,Vizcaya, Pichichi played in his first Copa del Rey final in March 1913. Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 to Racing Club de Irún. Later the same year, on August 21, the same opponents, now known as Real Unión were invited to play the inaugural game at San Mamés Stadium. Pichichi scored the very first goal at the new stadium.

He subsequently played in another five Copa del Rey finals for Athletic Bilbao, winning four of them. These included a three a row sequence between 1914 and 1916. Pichichi scored a hat-trick in the 1915 final as Athletic beat RCD Español 5-0. Athletic were also runners-up in 1920 and winners again in 1921. In 1920 Pichichi was also a member of the very first Selección that played at the Olympic Games in Belgium.

He died in 1922, aged 29, the victim of a sudden attack of typhus. In 1926, a bust was erected in his honour outside the San Mamés Stadium. It is tradition for teams visiting the stadium for the first time pay homage by leaving a bouquet of flowers at its base.

In 1953, Spanish sports newspaper MARCA introduced the Trofeo Pichichi in his honour. The trophy is awarded to the top goalscorers in the Primera División and the Segunda División.

Pichichi was easily identifiable on the pitch by his ever present white headgear and was noted as a prolific goalscorer. Pichichi and his future wife were also immortalised in a painting by Aurelio Arteta.

Honours
Men's Football
Silver Antwerp 1920 Team Competition

Club, Athletic Bilbao
Copa del Rey: 1914, 1915, 1916, 1921 (4)
Campeonato Norte: 1913-14, 1914-15, 1915-16 (3)
Campeonato de Vizcaya: 1919-20, 1920-21 (2)

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Zarra Trophy

The Zarra trophy is awarded annually by the Spanish sports daily Marca to the highest Spanish league goalscorer in La Liga. It is named after the Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra.

It was awarded for the first time in 2006 to David Villa of Valencia CF

Telmo Zarraonaindía Montoya (20 January 1921, in Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain - 23 February 2006, Bilbao), popularly known as Zarra,
was a Basque football player for Athletic Bilbao from 1940 to 1955. He is a Gitano.

Signing after playing one season for Erandio, he became a prolific goalscorer for Athletic in his 15 seasons at the club, winning the The Pichichi Trophy, awarded for the Spanish league top-scorer, six times. He scored more league goals (251) than any other player in Spanish football history, and an additional 81 cup goals. He also holds the record for most goals in a season, when he scored 38 times in 1950 - 1951.

Despite this excellent record, he only played for Spain twenty times. Even so, he still managed to score 20 goals, including four in one historic match when Spain beat Switzerland 6-3 on 18 February 1951. He also scored his country's winning goal against England in the Football World Cup 1950 finals as Spain reached the last four - their best performance in the competition.

After leaving Athletic in 1955, he played for one year with SD Indautxu and another with Barakaldo before retiring.

He died of a heart attack on 24 February, 2006 aged 85 years old. The Zarra Trophy is awarded in his memory.

Statistics

Season Club League Apps Goals   
1939-40 Erandio       
1940-41 Athletic Bilbao La Liga 8 6     
1941-42 21 16     
1942-43 17 18     
1943-44 21 12     
1944-45 26 19     
1945-46 18 24     
1946-47 24 34     
1947-48 16 10     
1948-49 26 23     
1949-50 26 25     
1950-51 30 38     
1951-52 6 3     
1952-53 29 24     
1953-54 5 2     
1954-55 6 3     
1955-56 Indautxu       
1956-57 Barakaldo             
Career Total in Primera     
Athletic Club 251 goals (277 matches)

Honours

Club, Athletic Bilbao
La Liga: 1942
Copa del Generalísimo: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1949
Individual
Pichichi Trophy: 1944-45, 1945-46, 1946-47, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1952-53
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